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Dementia Treatment Facilities and How to Transition Patients there

Posted on January 5, 2009 by DementiaGuide

Moving Beyond Home Dementia Treatment

The basic aim of ongoing dementia treatment is to keep the person safe and comfortable in their home for as long as possible. This can be a tense and tiresome process for family members or caregivers over a long period. Eventually, caring for a loved one at home may present a significant personal and financial burden, but moving a relative to a long-term care facility is not an easy decisionto make. Here are some things to consider:

Their Behavior

Persons with dementia can become exceedingly difficult to control and prone to behavioral extremes. As their memory and other mental faculties waiver, they can become angry, moody, distraught, and even violent. They may get lost in familiar settings, have trouble navigating their way around the house, or fail to recognize loved ones. All of these factors can lead to a situation where it is simply impossible to provide care alone.

Your Resources

Caring for a person with dementia can be draining on your resources, financial and otherwise. Proper care requires an organized, structured environment and may call for a move into a setting where the necessary precautions can be taken for the person's safety. Nursing homes can be expensive, especially those with 24-hour care, but it may be worth doing a cost comparison, particularly if it means their quality of care will be improved.For example, www.snapforseniors.com provides a wayto navigate through the many facilities that are available in the US.

Time Available

The most essential resource required of a caregiver is their time. As the person with dementia becomes increasingly dependent on the caregiver for basic and regular assistance, time may be something a caregiver just does nothave.

Quality of Care

In addition to a major time commitment, caring for an individual with dementia means dealing with a growing set of personal matters. The person with dementia may become largely reliant on the caregiver for fundamental activities, like eating, bathing, and using the toilet. At some point, even the most devoted care giver just will not have the capacity to maintain the level of care required for moderate to severe stages of dementia. Planning in advance for the transition to aprofessional facility with a staff trained to handle these challengesis very important.

Your Health

Don't forget to consider yourself. Caring for someone with dementia can be incredibly stressful, and your health and well being are just as important as the person experiencing dementia. Relatives will often feel a sense of guilt about putting their spouse or parentin a nursing home. Regardless of the circumstances, just remember, it's not always a clear trade-off between your health and theirs. An overworked caregiver can be a detriment to the person with dementia and him or herself.

Begin Exploring Your Options

Even if you're not ready to commit to the idea of moving your lspouse or parent to a care facility, investigate your options. In most cases, a person with advanced dementia will need to be placed in some kind of long-term care facility. Make sure to investigate your options. Check for some basic signs of quality of care. What is the ratio of staff to residents? Does the staff seem overworked? Friendly? What kind of care do they provide (round the clock, nursing)? Are the facilities clean? Are the people in the facilities receving physical exercise and stimulation? Are they dressed during the day?There are different kinds of long-term assistance, ranging from assisted living homes to special care units specifically for people with dementia. There are also part-time care options, for those seeking temporary respite. In the end, you can make a decision that will benefit everyone.

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